BYU vs Utah State College Football Betting Tips 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium
Jaren Hall and the BYU Cougars travel to Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Utah State Aggies. BYU opens this contest as 6-point dogs. The Cougars are 3-4-0 ATS and 3-3-1 when betting on the total. The Aggies are 2-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 4-3-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the BYU Cougars faced the Boise State Broncos and earned the win by a score of 28-25. Leading the way at QB for the Cougars was Baylor Romney who went 15/26 with 221 yards through the air and added 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Sione Finau paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 46 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the contest. He rushed for 89 yards by way of 11 carries which had him averaging 8.1 yards per tote. Matt Bushman was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 101 yards on 5 catches. He notched an average of 20.2 yards per catch for the game. The Cougars ran the football 33 times and racked up a total of 131 yards which had them averaging 4.0 yards per carry. In the game, the Cougars totaled 16 1st downs and they had 9 penalties for 84 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. In the game, they ran 59 plays for a total of 352 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, BYU allowed 18 completions on 32 throws totaling 185 yards, and a completion percentage of 56.3%. In the running game, the Cougars allowed 174 yards on 40 carries which means they had an average of 4.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they gave up a total of 359 yards and forced 2 turnovers.
The Cougars come into this matchup with a record of 3-4 for 2019. For total yards, they rank 5th among Independent teams and 111th in the nation with 2,671 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation with an average of 23.1 points per contest, putting them 103rd in the nation. As a team, they are averaging 122.7 yards on the ground per game which is 5th among FBS Independent teams. The Cougars have one of the middle tier defenses in the country, giving up 29.7 points per contest ranking them 4th among Independent teams. When it comes to passing yards, the Cougars have allowed 1,316 yards. Opponents are completing 66.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.3 yards per attempt. When talking about rushing yards, BYU is giving up 217.3 yards per game ranking them 4th among FBS Independent teams and 120th in D-1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.7 yards per rush which has them at 3rd among Independent teams and 97th in college football overall. In total, they have allowed 1,521 yards rushing through 7 contests.
In their last contest, the Utah State Aggies faced the Air Force Falcons and were defeated 31-7. Gerold Bright paced the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 7 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for 24 yards by way of 6 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.0 yards per run. Siaosi Mariner led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 38 yards on 3 receptions. He averaged 12.7 yards per reception for that contest. Running the show from under center for the Aggies was Jordan Love who went 14/23 with 114 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Aggies ended up rushing 13 times and generated 14 yards earning them an average of 1.1 yards per rush. Overall, the Aggies got 7 1st downs and they totaled 0 penalties for 0 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. In all, they ran 36 plays for a total of 128 yards. In terms of defense, Utah State allowed 2 completions on 6 attempts totaling 24 yards, and a completion percentage of 33.3%. In the running game, the Aggies allowed 448 yards on 78 tries which means they had an average of 5.7 yards per carry allowed. For the game, they conceded 472 yards and forced 2 turnovers.
The Aggies come into this game with a record of 4-3. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Aggies have an offense that could be called mediocre in the country. Utah State has made teams respect their running game by averaging 157.3 rushing yards per game, which has them at 76th in the country. As a unit, they have a total of 1,101 yards rushing through 7 games, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Aggies average 388.6 yards per contest overall ranking them 82nd in the nation and 7th in the MWC. The Aggies are giving up 24.1 points per game which puts them at 5th in the conference and 47th in the nation. Their pass defense is one of the mediocre units in the nation. They are allowing 231.4 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Aggies sit in 8th in the conference. In regard to points given up, they have allowed 169 total points. When it comes to yards rushing, they are giving up 116.7 yards per contest ranking them 25th in D-1 and 4th in the Mountain West. For 2019, they have allowed a total of 817 rushing yards and 6.3 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Aggies college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Aggies -6
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